Galleri Riis

Jan Groth

Jan Groth is considered a leading artist of his generation in Scandinavia, with numerous exhibitions in museums and institutions throughout the world. Groth has, through his long artistic practice, exclusively and continuously explored the relationship between the line and the picture plane. First and foremost in drawings executed with crayon on paper, but also in monumental tapestries that were made in collaboration with his former partner, Benedikte Groth (1933-2015) in Copenhagen. Since the late 1980s he has brought the line into three-dimensional space with bronze sculptures spanning the intimate scale of the drawings, to the monumental in several public works. Groth literally weaves together the immediate with the gradual; the drawing on paper extracted in an instant is through a highly labour-intensive process transcribed into the structure of the tapestry or through the meticulous manipulation of wax in his models for the bronze sculptures. His artistic idiom can be described as restrained expressionism, with a profound sensibility wherein the line's seemingly seismographic recordings appear to visualise nuances and energies registered from within.

Jan Groth (b. 1938) lives and works in Oslo. His latest institutional solo exhibitions include "Linear Tapestries", Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2018 and The Festival Exhibition in Bergen Kunsthall in 2017. His works are represented in the collections of numerous museums around the world, among others: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, The Tate Gallery, London, England, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.





  1. 2020Glogerfestival Exhibition, Kongsberg Kunstforening, Kongsberg, Norway
  2. 2019Signs and Figures, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  3. 2018Linear Tapestries, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  4. 2017The Bundle, Wall Drawings and Other Recent Works, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  5. 2017The Festival Exhibition 2017, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
  6. 2015Sign - Drawing, Tapestry, Sculpture, Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen
  7. 2015In between - liberation the line, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  8. 2013Galleri Ismene, Trondheim
  9. 2012New Drawings, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  10. 2009Traces and Spaces, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
  11. 2009Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway
  12. 2006Galleri Riis, Oslo
  13. 2006The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø, Norway
  14. 2002Dagali Museum, Geilo
  15. 2002Hallingdal Folkemuseum, Nesbyen
  16. 2002Logendalen Folkemuseum, Kongsberg
  17. 2001Hara Museum ARC, Japan
  18. 2001Sign, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  19. 1997Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  20. 1995Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts, Stavanger, Norway
  21. 1993Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim, Norway
  22. 1992Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  23. 1991Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  24. 1990Diane Brown Gallery, New York, USA
  25. 1990The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  26. 1989Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland
  27. 1989Jan Groth: Drawings 1975-1985, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  28. 1988Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
  29. 1988Jan Groth, Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  30. 1988Jan Groth: Tapestries 1981-1988, Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers, Denmark
  31. 1988Jan Groth: Tapestries 1982-1988, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  32. 1986Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  33. 1986Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  34. 1986Jan Groth, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
  35. 1985Galleri Riis, Oslo
  36. 1983Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
  37. 1981Wadsworth Athenum, Hartford, USA
  38. 1981Jan Groth, Twenty years of tapestries and drawings, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
  39. 1980Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
  40. 1980Jan Groth, Recent Works. Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
  41. 1979Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
  42. 1979Städtlische Galerie im Lenbachaus, München, Germany
  43. 1979Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
  44. 1979Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
  45. 1978Jan Groth, Thematic drawings, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
  46. 1976Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  47. 1975Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
  48. 1974Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
  49. 1973The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
  50. 1972Betty Parsons Gallery, New York


  1. 2018Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl, Scandinavia House, New York
  2. 2016Jan Groth, Matias Faldbakken, Fredrik Værslev, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  3. 2014Take Form (with Kristina Matousch, Lisa Tan and Eline Mugaas), Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  4. 2013Jan Groth + Tone Vigeland, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo
  5. 2011Parallels, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, Norway
  6. 2006An Atlas of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  7. 2003Dialogo/Dialog, Museu do Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  8. 2002Jan Groth, Stein Rønning, Heidi Skjerve, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Stavanger Art Museum, Norway
  9. 199779/97, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
  10. 1997Erling Neby Collection, Pori Art Museum, Finland
  11. 1995Matrix is 20, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  12. 1986New Visions in Contemporary Art, The RSM-Company Collection Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA
  13. 197820th Century Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA